- What was the message the film maker wanted us to convey through the film?
The message that the filmmaker wanted the audience to convey is that we should always be proud of what we are.We Filipinos have been through a lot of wars. In those wars, we still remain as a democratic country and we Filipinos still stands on our own motherland who governs us is a Filipino. We didn’t allow anyone to rule us. We were hungry for Filipino heroes gave it to us. They fought for their lives just to save this country. We shouldn’t be ashamed of our country and by being a Filipino, we are strong.
2. Was the film engaging? How so?
The film was engaging in a sense that I was moved in every part of the scene which contains the irony and metaphors. I was amazed in how the film maker make each detail of dialogues strong which we audience are more likely feel proud as a Filipino. I realized how strong Filipinos are if we join forces with each other and make a bond that will make us strong in heart and trust. I also noticed that the film was more engaging when the sound effects plays in the right time in every scene.
3. What was the film “function of art” being fulfilled in the film?
The function of art being fulfilled in the film is by portraying of our early Filipinos the attire in their everyday life. It was shown how Filipinos dressed and acted accordingly. The attire they wear could also represent their status in life. One example is that when a Filipino is wearing a Kamisa Chino, it may be that he is a farmer or a low-class man who lives a simple life; while a man who wears barong and slacks is a middle-class man or high-class man who usually is part of the government. Another function of art that I noticed is the places. The places are vintage in which we Filipinos lived in before. We were living a simple life before so we were living in a nipa hut and a good and big house but a classical wooden house for those who have fortunes. This is a social class function of art since it tells you what class are you.
4. Describe the aesthetic experience you’ve encountered while watching the film, if there is any?
The aesthetic experience that I’ve encountered through out the film is the last part. I was shocked how Heneral Luna was killed. He was like terminator. He was tortured by his own fellow Filipinos in which I was greatly shocked in which I can’t explain how I feel. It was terrible. I was amazed in the scene in which Heneral Luna died with his fellow soldier. They were dragged in an area by those murderers and portrayed the famous art “Spolarium”. It was a dragging scene in which audience was amazed of that creativity the filmmaker made.
5. What/Who does Joven Hernandez Jr. represent?
Joven Hernandez Jr. represents as the speaker of Heneral Luna. He is the one who talks for the fallen general. He narrated how Heneral Luna was, an abusive one but a true and smart general. He was the realest of the all. Heneral Luna was the only general who could bring our country to freedom but we wasted the opportunity because of pride in ourselves. Joven Hernandez simply wanted us Filipinos to realize how devastating our loss was. He wanted to make us be open minded of the situation the is currently happening in our surroundings, good or bad. We need to cope up with one another and make friendship to retain strong bond with each other that could result to a positive outcome.